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Water supply hit as canal shut for cleaning

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Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 30

Residents of the city and villages in the district are perturbed over erratic supply of water with the closing of the Sirhind canal by the Irrigation Department for cleaning.

Water is expected to be released in the canal after November 10. Repair and cleaning work is on in the Kot Bhai canal tributary and minors at different locations.

The department carries out maintenance works during this time of the year as the requirement of water is usually less. Sources said earlier the department used to inform the Water Supply Department in advance about the repair and cleaning work, but no information was shared this year. As a result, water tanks in some parts of the city have gone dry.

While Water Supply Department officials claim water is being supplied every alternate day, the crisis is set to deepen in the coming days with over two dozen waterworks getting affected due to the closure of canal’s minor distributaries.

Gurdeep Singh, a BKU Sidhupur member, said: “Cotton farmers still need water for irrigation and from second week onwards, wheat sowing will start in some places. The department must expedite the cleaning work and restore the water supply through the canal.” Meanwhile, village residents have demanded partial release of water in the canal to avoid shortage in the waterworks.

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